On the days when we all need a bit of joy...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Happy May! I'm determined to kick posts out of my drafts and on here. Mostly because I love spring too much to let it pass without writing more and I've gotten out of the habit.

Even lately with all the sun, there's still life days or mornings when the sky is grey. I've written before about how this winter and start to the year was so long (anyone else feel like January went on and on?), but I made it a priority to set aside some time to enjoy films, shows, and music that made me laugh on stressful days or brought some measure of joy.

Some Like It Hot
I love old black and white screwball comedies and this one stars Jack Lemon (of Grumpy Old Men fame), Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe in a hilarious film of two musicians who witness a gang murder and then have to disguise themselves as female musicians. Forever a classic--especially the tango scene towards the end. 

The Hundred Foot Journey
All the magic of India's storytelling coupled with the lush scenery of the French countryside and decadent food. For fans of Julia Child, colorful cinematography, and beautiful film scores. Also, Helen Mirren. Need I say more?

White Christmas
I'm a firm believer that White Christmas can and should be viewed year round. It's one of Old Hollywood's best, and anything with Danny Kaye dancing and/or speaking is a joy. Re: one of my favorite numbers. 

I cried through the end of this film--that's how lovely it was. Perfect and heartwarming, it falls into my favorite genre: cozy, comforting, whimsical, and British. A cup of tea for my soul. 

Julie & Julia
Nora Ephron's last film and one of Meryl Streep's triumphs. This tale of two separate women finding themselves though love of food and cooking is imbued with a special kind of magic. I love any film that celebrates food and passion (see above), but this one is exceptionally well done and beautifully soothing for the soul.

The Great British Bake-Off
My ultimate comfort show (all is right in the world when the theme music plays and that tent appears on the screen), this was what got me through winter, but I love it year round. I also love the GBBO Masterclass episodes where Paul and Mary bake seasonal menus together...their banter is everything.

Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere
Watching Bob Ross is always a flashback to childhood in the '90s, which makes it even more nostalgic. If his gentle voice wasn't soothing enough, merely watching him paint and shape mountains, rivers, and sunrises from clumps of paint is pure magic.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (particularly the Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dryfus, and Alec Baldwin episodes) There are episodes with some edgier comedians, but my favorite episodes are the three above which are usually the ones I rewatch. Nothing is funnier than watching funny people interact. The quips are fast, the coffee hot, and it's just fun. Jerry is at his best with old friends of his, and Julia especially makes him laugh like no one else.

La La Land
Ella Fitzgerald
Frank Sinatra
Jo Stafford

I often find myself reaching for a mix of big band-era swing, jazz, upbeat rock, or lilting melodies...all of which feel especially appropriate these spring days. I'm curious to know what types of movies, shows, and music you turn to when you feel in a funk...


  1. So many lovely things on this list, and great recommendations I'll have to look into! Also yes to watching White Christmas all year round!

  2. AnonymousMay 17, 2019

    Hello, I read your blog like every week. Your story-telling style is witty, keep it up!